Family Highlights

2021

New opportunities to expand and develop are opening up for different members of the Traction Network. Keep looking out for what God will do!

2020

The Traction Housing Justice Cohort is formed! The cohort is a group of black and brown families gathering together to share their experiences and sometimes resources to push against historical and current injustices as they pursue home ownership.

Click to hear how the Traction Housing Justice Cohort was a part of the Reyes’ home ownership journey

2019

Leslie, inspired by the Traction model shares her commercial space with new entrepreneurs. Still on Main mini mall is launched in downtown Pawtucket, RI.

Ribbon cutting to celebrate the launch of Still on Main mini-mall

2018
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Traction formalizes its identity and expands.  Traction encourages, supports and trains Christians to share their lives, resources and networks beyond socially prescribed boundaries. In January 2018, after nearly 10 years of organic activity, Traction formally becomes a ministry of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church in Cambridge, MA. Leslie Moore will lead the initiative with administrative support from Laura Mitchell.

2016-2017

Traction hosts Christmas parties to remember in MA and RI

Earle, a new member of the Traction network invites several men experiencing homelessness to share his new home. His parent’s church, home church and friends helped to furnish it and stock the shelves.

2015-2016

Traction celebrated two ladies competing their high school studies in alternative schools and three starting their first semesters of college

Four Traction participants got baptized

4 individuals/families transitioned into their own apartments in Central Falls, RI

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2014-2015

2 Traction ladies received a GED and 2 headed into their first semesters at Northeastern University. Two other young women started their first semesters in community college

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1 Traction woman got baptized

I Traction participant celebrated both the birth of a third child and completing a long fought for Bachelor’s degree

2013-2014

1 Traction participant received a GED and headed into his first semester of college

After participating separately in the men’s and women’s Traction houses, a separated married couple reunited, gained employment, saved money and moved into a local apartment with their two children

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The Chateau site supported a total of 5 young moms and 6 young children

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TRACTION inspires a 12-yr in California to make a difference for Traction Houses and in his community

January 21, 2013 – Traction founder Leslie Moore shares the purpose of Traction with 12-yr old Noah Johnson who decides to raise money to support Traction and fund a visit to Boston to present the check himself.

January 25-30, 2013 – Noah springs into action.  He calls Miss Blythe, the Chamber of Commerce,  Palo Verde Community College, Taylor Swift’s manager and anyone else he could contact to help organize a fundraiser.  He decides on a talent show called Blythe’s Got Talent

April 26, 2013 – The big show happens and over $5500 is raised. Of the proceeds, $850 went to the winners of the talent contest, $1100 was donated to Traction Houses in Boston, $1500 went to the Associated Student Government of Palo Verde Community College, $1500 funded the newly established Noah Johnson – Traction House book scholarship for young adults in Blythe, California with challenges similar to Traction House participants in Boston and $500 went to the Miss Blythe organization.

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pictured – Noah Johnson, Tobi Johnson (Noah’s mom), Miss Blythe, Leslie Moore

2012-2013

Someone in the Traction network begins sharing one of the units in her two family home. “Le Chateau” is set up to support young women and young moms and their children.

Le Chateau … specializing in

  • Bottling whines
  • $tacking bread 
  • Crafting cheeses 

building family traditions since 2012

6 Traction participants were recognized by College Bound Dorchester for entering into their first semester of college.  Two of the students were young moms from the Chateau House

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Traction had its first Family Reunion where all current and past residents were invited for a BBQ and cook-off

2011-2012

2 Traction men received a GED

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Two Traction men and a friend celebrate accomplishments with Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson

2010-2011

Traction leaders open the doors of two apartments to accommodate men and women in  need of support

Traction Family Photo 2010

1 Traction participant heads off to Berkeley School of Music (TJ is tall guy in the middle of the pic)

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January 2010

Traction Family photo 2010

Traction opens its doors!          5 nightingale 2

The Original Traction house was designed for young men who might have described themselves as spinning their wheels with life goals. With leaders living in the house amongst participants, the goal was to create a healthy family feel where basic needs were met and each person was encouraged and challenged to take steps towards individual and shared house goal